Snoring Is A Wake-Up Call for Relationships and Health

The sound of snoring can elicit shudders and gasps, capable of awakening even the neighbors! Over the years, while treating patients with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Josh Chapman has encountered various sleep sounds ranging from soothing to downright scary. However, it’s important to recognize that snoring can indicate an underlying issue.

Snoring Troubles in Numbers

As a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, an organization devoted to dental sleep medicine, Dr. Chapman conducted a recent survey that shed light on the impact of snoring on relationships. 

Here are some eye-opening statistics from the report:

In addition to the toll it takes on relationships, snoring can harm your health. It often serves as a tell-tale sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a serious condition that increases the risk of various health problems. If left untreated, sleep apnea can elevate the chances of congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and impotence.

Surprising Solutions for Snoring Relief 

Traditionally, sleep apnea has been addressed with a CPAP machine—a motorized device connected to long tubing and a face mask worn during sleep. However, as a dentist specializing in dental sleep medicine, Dr. Chapman offers a practicable alternative to CPAP through oral appliance therapy. These custom-fitted devices resemble orthodontic retainers and are worn only while sleeping. They effectively maintain an unobstructed airway, preventing sleep apnea and snoring.

Compared to CPAP machines and masks, oral appliances are less cumbersome and more discreet for the snorer and their partner. Interestingly enough, the survey indicated that single adults are twice as likely to prefer oral appliance therapy over a CPAP device. Oral appliances are less burdensome, making them a less embarrassing choice than the bulky CPAP setup. They also have the added advantages of being silent, portable, and easy to clean.

Dr. Chapman has treated numerous couples who conveyed that oral appliance therapy preserved their relationship by silencing loud snoring. Not only did the treatment enhance their sleep, but it also enriched their overall health and energy levels. If snoring is causing concern in your bedroom, call Dr. Josh Chapman in South Charleston, WV, to discuss potential solutions! Schedule an appointment today by calling (304) 744-1251 or conveniently book your visit online. Does this article apply to you? Take our sleep quiz to find out.

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